Monday, October 17, 2011

Monday Musings

Every October people across the country come together to raise awareness about breast cancer and work to find a cure. This week, I'm reposting a by-the-numbers look at the impact of the disease on women in America via Friday Facts.
Breast cancer’s impact:

108  Women who are estimated to die daily of breast cancer in 2011

 Women who died daily of breast cancer in 1991

2.5 million 
 Women with a history of breast cancer in the United States in 2010, more than half of whom were diagnosed in the last 10 years and more than half living cancer-free.

 Women in the United States who are estimated to be diagnosed with breast cancer this year.

One in 8 
 Number of women in the United States who will develop breast cancer over the course of their lifetimes

 Women aged 40 and older who have had a mammogram in the past two years.

 Lives that could be saved each year if 90% of women aged 40 and older have access to regular breast cancer screenings.

3.8 million 
 Women covered by Medicare who have gotten a free mammogram this year

Be sure to check out the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month's website and don't forget to do monthly self checks!

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